United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced a $7.5 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to widen taxiways at the Huntsville International Airport.
“This funding will help improve Huntsville International Airport’s infrastructure and will keep aircraft moving safely and efficiently through Alabama,” LaHood said. “Making important investments in our aviation system promotes safety and economic growth in communities across the country.”
This FAA Airport Improvement Program grant will help the airport finish widening the taxiways on the west side of the airport to accommodate larger aircraft. The grant also provides funding to design taxiways and blast pads on the east side of the airport. Blast pads are paved areas at runway ends that prevent erosion from jet exhaust when engines are at full power for takeoff. Construction will begin in late September 2012 and will take about eight months to complete.
“This grant enhances the operational safety and efficiency of the airport which allows continued quality service to its passengers,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for airport improvement projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity and environmental stewardship of our nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations and general aviation activities throughout the nation.